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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for May 6, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the April 29, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Beyond the (Hollywood) stars."

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This week's quibble comes from the April 29, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Beyond the (Hollywood) stars." TechRepublic member ellen_kranzer disputed my description of Walter "Pavel Chekov" Koenig as a member of the original Star Trek lead cast:

"Walter Koenig was not an original lead cast member (though he was a member of the original series cast). Chekov wasn't added as a regular cast member until season two. This leads to the continuity gaff in [Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan] where Chekov somehow knows all about Khan's previous encounter with the Enterprise and speaks as if he was there even though he wasn't."

I tend to side with member boomchuck1 about the character of Chekov — "I suppose it is possible he just had a different duty station on the ship that first year" — but there's not debating the strict technical fact the Koenig was a second-season addition to the original series. Thanks for keeping my Trek-Fu strong, and keep those quibbles coming!

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